Descartes Labs

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Descartes Labs is a company engaged in building a data refinery for satellite imagery. Its technology uses computer vision, machine learning, and cloud-based infrastructure to teach computers to see and understand the world around them. With an initial focus on satellite imagery, Descartes Labs processes a pipeline of data flows from all the major satellite constellations, at scale, to provide access to analysis-ready images of the entire world via a searchable, on-demand interface. 

HQSanta Fe, NM, US
Employee Ratings4.4
Overall CultureA+

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Employees (est.) (Jun 2021)105(+8%)
Job Openings8
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Key People/Management at Descartes Labs

Terence Cunningham

Terence Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer
Mike Warren

Mike Warren

Co-Founder, CTO
Ryan Keisler

Ryan Keisler

Chief Scientist
Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Co-Founder, Head of Strategy
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Suzanne McBride

Suzanne McBride

Chief Operations Officer, Iridium
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Descartes Labs Office Locations

Descartes Labs has an office in Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM, US (HQ)
100 N Guadalupe St
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Descartes Labs Financials and Metrics

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Descartes Labs total Funding

$58.3 m

Descartes Labs latest funding size

$20 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago

Descartes Labs investors

Descartes Labs's latest funding round in October 2019 was reported to be $20 m. In total, Descartes Labs has raised $58.3 m
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Descartes Labs Operating Metrics

May, 2020

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Descartes Labs News and Updates

Descartes Labs Wins Contract With AFRL STAR to Enhance U.S. Air Force Operations

The U.S. Air Force will leverage Descartes Labs’ multi-cloud geospatial analytics platform to streamline data discovery and dissemination of actionable insights The U.S. Air Force will leverage Descartes Labs’ multi-cloud geospatial analytics platform to streamline data discovery and dissemination o…

Descartes Labs to provide data fusion platform to the Air Force

The company's geospatial analytics platform will ingest and fuse data from multiple sources, including satellite sensors, to provide near-real-time analytics for the U.S. Air Force.

Descartes Labs wins U.S. Air Force contract for geospatial data analytics

The Air Force will use Descartes Labs' platform to draw intelligence from imagery collected by satellites and by autonomous aerial vehicles. SpaceNews

Descartes Labs unveils data refinery, modeling platform

Descartes Labs unveiled Jan. 22 a cloud-based platform for commercial customers that pairs geospatial datasets with modeling tools and applications.

Descartes Labs launches its new platform for analyzing geospatial data

Descartes Labs, a well–funded startup based in New Mexico, provides businesses with geospatial data and the tools to analyze it in order to make business decisions. Today, the company announced the launch of its Descartes Labs Platform, which promises to bring its data together with all of the tools…

Descartes Labs raises $20 million to create Earth’s digital twin

Descartes Labs, a company that specializes in applying machine learning to geospatial datasets, raised $20 million in a Series B-2 bridge financing round.
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Descartes Labs Blogs

Planetary Scale Intelligence for the Mining Super Cycle

Sentinel-2 false color image of an area near Death Valley National Park, CA.Enhancing mineral prospecting and tailings safety with massively scalable models of the earth“Covid is ushering in a new era of policies aimed at social need instead of financial stability which will likely create cyclically…

Gaze into the Future with Downscaled Climate Models

The combination of global climate models and land cover data can be used to estimate the regional effects of climate change years into the futureBy Sepideh Khajehei — Sepideh is an Applied Scientist at Descartes Labs working on the Forestry & Climate team. She has a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmen…

Seeing Through the Clouds

Predicting Vegetation Indices Using Radar ImageryBy Terry Conlon — Ph.D. Student in the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University. Terry completed the following work as a Descartes Labs intern this summer, where he worked with Rose Rustowicz to apply deep learning methods to timeseries of s…

How I Trained a GAN to Make It Snow

Non-snowy summertime imagery at left compared to synthetic snowy imagery over the same location at right.Generating realistic but synthetic images to test automated change detection algorithmsBy Christopher Ren — Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Space Data Science & System Group, Intellig…

Getting Back to Work with Economic Activity Signals

A three month Sentinel-1 SAR composite over Singapore with lighter colors capturing economic activity on land and at sea. Descartes Labs Economic Activity Signals uses multimodal remotely sensed data to measure changes at thousands of factories, ports, and facilities globally.How to remotely monitor…

Putting our Wildfire Detector to Work in New Mexico

The State Forestry Department will use our automated detector during the 2020 wildfire seasonIn 2018, approximately 360,500 acres burned across our headquarters’ state of New Mexico. After a winter without snow, the wildfire season brought 1,334 fire starts in the state that year. With the effects o…
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Descartes Labs Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Descartes Labs founded?

    Descartes Labs was founded in 2014.

  • Who are Descartes Labs key executives?

    Descartes Labs's key executives are Terence Cunningham, Mike Warren and Ryan Keisler.

  • How many employees does Descartes Labs have?

    Descartes Labs has 105 employees.

  • Who are Descartes Labs competitors?

    Competitors of Descartes Labs include Sturfee, SpaceSense and Earthcube.

  • Where is Descartes Labs headquarters?

    Descartes Labs headquarters is located at 100 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe.

  • Where are Descartes Labs offices?

    Descartes Labs has an office in Santa Fe.

  • How many offices does Descartes Labs have?

    Descartes Labs has 1 office.